Prioritizing Your Postpartum Wellness: A One-Page Plan for the First 12 Months

Congratulations on becoming a new mom! While caring for your newborn is important, it’s also crucial to prioritize your own postpartum wellness. Here is a one-page postpartum plan with a focus on your well-being during the first 12 months.

Month 1-3:

  • Rest and recover: Focus on healing and getting enough sleep
  • Feeding: Breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, with support from lactation consultant if needed
  • Baby care: Diaper changes, burping, and learning to soothe your baby
  • Household chores: Enlist support from family and friends for meal prep, laundry, and cleaning
  • Self-care: Prioritize rest, hydration, and nutrition for optimal healing
  • Emotional support: Connect with other new moms or a postpartum doula for emotional support
  • Fun activities: Snuggle with your baby, take a warm bath, and practice deep breathing

Month 4-6:

  • Baby milestones: Celebrate as your baby begins to sit up, crawl, and babble
  • Solid foods: Introduce purees and soft foods, under the guidance of your pediatrician
  • Sleeping: Establish a routine that works for you and your baby that ensures you get rest too
  • Childcare: Start looking for a childcare provider if you plan to return to work
  • Self-care: Continue prioritizing rest, nutrition, and hydration
  • Emotional support: Consider therapy or support groups to process any feelings of overwhelm or anxiety
  • Fun activities: Get outside, practice yoga or meditation, and enjoy a night out (with or without baby!)

Month 7-9:

  • Baby milestones: Watch as your baby starts to pull up and cruise around furniture
  • Baby-proofing: Make sure your home is safe as your baby becomes more mobile
  • Developmental check-ups: Schedule a wellness visit with your healthcare provider for any physical or emotional concerns
  • Work-life balance: Find ways to balance work and parenting responsibilities, while still making time for self-care
  • Self-care: Prioritize exercise, relaxation techniques, and spending time with supportive friends and family
  • Emotional support: Join a support group or find a therapist to address any postpartum depression or anxiety
  • Fun activities: Take a weekend trip, try a new hobby, and savor quality time with your baby

Month 10-12:

  • Baby milestones: Celebrate as your baby takes their first steps and says their first words
  • Playtime: Encourage your baby’s creativity and imagination with books and toys
  • Socialization: Plan playdates or visit baby-friendly spaces to help your baby socialize, while also connecting with other moms
  • Baby’s first birthday: Celebrate this milestone, while also taking time for self-care
  • Career goals: Consider your long-term career goals and how they may be affected by parenthood, while also balancing your own needs
  • Self-care: Prioritize physical activity, healthy eating, and a healthy work-life balance
  • Emotional support: Maintain a support network, and continue therapy or support groups as needed
  • Fun activities: Try new foods, take a class, and enjoy quality time with loved ones

Remember, taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your baby. Use this postpartum plan as a starting point to prioritize your own postpartum wellness during the first 12 months.

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In response to the incredible feedback and tremendous support from our expanding network of parents, we have made the decision to transition our product focus from supporting parents working from home to a product that  caters to postpartum mothers. The insights and experiences shared by our users have highlighted the unique challenges and needs that arise during this transformative phase.

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